The other potential opponent for NDSU was a surprise to me and many others making the field of 24, South Carolina State, the Bulldogs, co-champions of the MEAC. Let’s take a closer look at this team that will host Furman on Saturday afternoon.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE – 9-3, Co-Champs of MEAC
- Faced two other playoff teams this season, Coastal Carolina and Bethune-Cookman, losing both games
- Started season 0-2, losing to Coastal and Clemson, won 9 of last 10 games
- Bulldogs defense ranks number one in the nation in total defense allowed, just 234 yards per game and rushing defense at just 80 yards per game, one of the best linebackers in FCS, Joe Thomas leads the SCSU defense, he’s a finalist for the Buch Buchanan Award.
- Tyler McDonald makes the Bulldog offense go, the wide receiver is the school’s all-time leader in receptions and yardage.
- This is SCSU’s 6th career FCS playoff appearance and 4th in the last six years, making it in 2008-10, they missed out the last two years. The last trip was 2010, Bulldogs lost 41-16 to Georgia Southern.
- SCSU has some tremendous NFL heritage, led by Deacon Jones and Harry Carson, each fantastic defensive players and both Hall of Famers.
These two teams actually have some history against one another; Furman holds a 10-4 series lead in its series with South Carolina State and is 7-1 versus the Bulldogs in Greenville; however, Furman is just 3-3 against S.C. State in Orangeburg. Also the two schools announced earlier this fall the resumption of the football series between the two schools, beginning on Sept. 20, 2014, in Orangeburg. The Paladins and Bulldogs will play in Greenville in 2015.